What is the difference between the Meal Plan and Gold Account?

The meal plan is for University Housing Contract holders or Meal Plan Only Contract holders who pay for meal plan points and a set administrative fee per semester. Residents and Meal Plan Only Contract holders are provided a 50% discount on their meal cost when they eat in one of the residential dining facilities located in Cambridge, Riverview or Sandburg. Meal plans can also be used at the Grind, Emporium and other dining locations across campus for a dollar for dollar value.

Gold Accounts are used to pay for laundry and vending most often. Off Campus and commuter students have the option to add money to their Gold account as it is a convenient way to not have to carry cash while they are on campus. Gold account money is also a dollar for dollar value.